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WATCH: Can 'Twist' Help Unlock Secrets Of Early Universe?

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 10.21.2013 | Science

Researchers have discovered a subtle twist in the primeval light that formed shortly after the universe came into being. They hope it can reveal new ...

Prolific Space Telescope Shut Down For Good

Space.com | Stephen Clark | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science

PARIS — Ground controllers put Europe's Herschel Space Observatory to sleep Monday (June 17), turning off the infrared observatory after squeezing ...

Obese Black Holes May Help Solve Major Astronomy Riddle

SPACE.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science

Gluttonous black holes in the center of some galaxies could be precursors to the brightest objects in the known universe. A recently proposed type ...

WATCH: Rare View Of Colossal Galaxy Collision

Posted 05.23.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/22/2013 01:05 PM EDT on SPACE.com Astronomers have caught two big ancient galaxies in the act of colliding, shedding ...

Giant Black Hole Snacks On Colossal Gas Cloud

Posted 05.08.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/08/2013 08:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com The huge, hot mess of cosmic gas that feeds the colossal black hole at the cente...

LOOK: Dead Star Leaves Ghostly Remains

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

The "thin, blood-red shells" of gas in this amazing deep-space image are SNR 0519, the remains of a sun-like star that exploded in a supernova about 6...

Record-Setting Space Telescope Shuts Its Eye Forever

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/30/2013 12:01 PM EDT on SPACE.com After nearly four years mapping the "hidden universe," the largest infrared tele...

Giant Space Telescope Running Out Of Gas

Posted 03.12.2013 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 03/12/2013 07:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com The largest infrared telescope ever launched into space is almost at the end o...

Vast 'Demolition Derby' In Space Surprises Scientists

Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 04/13/2012 07:07 AM EDT on SPACE.com A young star that is home to at least one alien planet is also ringed by a v...